Apr 17, 2014
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AUDIO: Download Grand Analog’s “Lion Head”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Toronto hip-hop/soul/? group Grand Analog is getting ready to drop their third full-length, through Jillionaire‘s brand-spankin’-new Feel Up Records (It’s the label’s first release). Entitled Modern Thunder, the album showcases the ensemble’s proclivity for combining genres, from classic boom-bap to rock to Afrobeat, while focusing on live sounds (as opposed to electronic ones).

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Throwback Thursdays: Bunny Wailer in the 1980s

Photo by David Corio—
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Sorry Snoop, we’re still riding with Bunny Wailer. Today marks the 67th earthstrong of the last remaining member of the Wailers trinity, so it’s only right to share some footage of Neville O’Riley Livingston’s performances. First up is a full 1986 concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden, which was sold commercially by Shanachie Records as Bunny Wailer In Concert. The show begins with a larger-than-life, fire-and-brimstone introduction, as “the musical messiah” before moving into a performance including nearly the entire Blackheart Man album. ” The show marked a “comeback” of sorts as, according to the video description, Bunny had not been seen abroad in over 10 years (though it seems he had done one show immediately prior to this one in Long Beach, California).

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Forward!: Notis + Iba Mahr Connect on “Diamond Sox”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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At the top of the year, we told you how Notice, the production duo of Wayne “Unga Barunga” Thompson and Jason Welsch, were stepping out from behind the scenes and positioning themselves as a producer/group a la Major Lazer.

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LargeUp Sessions (4/10) with Assassin, Tanisha Scott and EchoSlim

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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This Thursday’s edition of The LargeUp Sessions is shaping up to be action packed. Fresh off his collaborations with Kanye West and Raekwon, dancehall star Assassin (a/k/a Agent Sasco) will be stopping by, along with dancer/choreographer Tanisha Scott. If you don’t know her resume, check her reel here. Or we can just summarize by saying she’s behind the moves of pretty much every music video that’s mattered in the last decade, from Elephant Man’s “Pon De River, Pon De Bank” to Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”

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Double Agent: Download Assassin’s “Day In Day Out”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Jamaican dancehall artist Assassin isn’t exactly known for sunny reggae tunes—he’s built his reputation going in hard on tracks like “Idiot Thing That,” “Anywhere We Go,” and helped bring the edge to Kanye’s dark Yeezus track, “I’m In It.” After all, they didn’t start calling him Assassin for nothing.

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Rebel Music: Watch Randy Valentine’s “Sound the Alarm” Video

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Big tune and explosive new video from the Jamaican-born, UK-residing Randy Valentine. This is definitely an artist we expect to hear a lot more movements from in 2014, as evident by the sick video for his current single “Sound the Alarm” and debut EP dropping this May. The tune is produced by Riga from Hemp Higher as well as the one Jr. Blender from the mighty So Shifty camp in Germany. Following a righteous intro from RV family Lionheart that reminds me of something from the “hip-hopera” Fugee era, the message continues into the heavy one drop chorus and subsequent barrage of lyrics that will immediately draw you in — or in this case make you run for cover. Wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this tune gets rinsed heavy this summer.

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